Travel to Madrid
BRIEFLY ABOUT MADRID
The capital of Spain, Madrid – is an incredibly colorful, energetic and hospitable metropolis that attracts tourists with its rich cultural heritage and modern lifestyle.
Madrid is perfect for walking tours: there is no traditional center with narrow streets – but there are spacious squares, wide boulevards, parks, fountains and world-famous attractions. Plaza Mayor – one of the most beautiful in Europe, a luxurious Royal Palace, the Grand temple of Almudena, from the roof of which you can enjoy amazing views of the city, the Palace of Santa Cruz, the Monastery of barefoot nuns, the Church of hermita de San Antonio de La Florida with the tomb of Francisco Goya, Atocha station with a tropical garden-in almost every quarter of Madrid, you can find unique monuments of history and architecture.
World famous are also the museums of the Spanish capital in the first place "Golden art triangle" which includes the Prado Museum, which exhibits paintings by Goya, Bosch and other great artists, the Reina Sofia, dedicated to avant-garde art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum with a magnificent collection of paintings of the XIII–XX centuries.
It is believed that the name of the Spanish capital has an Arabic origin: "Madrid" comes from" al-Majrit", which translates as" source of full waters " (this is due to the huge reserves of underground water that fed the city and its surroundings). Another version refers this name to the old Spanish word "maderita", which means"forest growth". In 1085, the city was conquered by the Christians and became known in Castilian as Majirit, and later acquired its current name – Madrid.
ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVE RECREATION
You can safely come to Madrid in any company – with your family, with friends, alone or together: in this city there are entertainment for everyone. The Casa de Campo Park has a zoo and Dolphinarium, and the Warner Madrid amusement Park (20 km from Madrid) has various attractions. In the Faunia nature Park, you can see reptiles and penguins, and in the Retiro Park, you can go roller – skating, Biking or boating. The Circulo de Bellas Artes cultural center hosts interesting exhibitions and master classes, and the legendary real Madrid football club plays at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Also in Madrid there is a racetrack, arena Las Ventas for bullfighting, Botanical gardens, cable cars, theme museums for children and adults, theaters and cinemas, swimming pools, shopping and entertainment complexes (for example, the Mall Dreams Palacio de Hielo, where you can skate all year round).
Flamenco is a separate pride of the capital of Spain. In Madrid, there are many places where you can admire this amazing sight: the club-restaurant Cafe de Chinitas, restaurants Corral de la Morería, Corral de la Pacheca, Cardamomo, etc. And finally, this city is famous for its vibrant night life – in the evenings, there is an incredible number of Nightclubs, bars, pubs and discos where you can "light up" until the morning.
WHERE TO STAY
In Madrid, there are several hundred hotels, guest houses, hostels, and frequent apartments for every taste and budget. In the city center are located the most luxurious hotels that occupy historical palaces or designer mansions (Ritz Madrid, Westin Palace Hotel, etc.). they are adjacent to hostels, apartments and hotels 2-3*, which are very popular: cheap and close to the main attractions and entertainment of Madrid.
In the new business districts, you can find a lot of high-quality offers for business tourism. And hotels and villas in the suburbs of Madrid will be an excellent choice for family guests.
WHAT TO BRING
Madrid, among other things, is attractive for its shopping: the city is full of shops, boutiques, shopping centers and markets. On the streets of Preciados, Puerta del Sol or on the lively Gran Via you can buy clothes and shoes of popular brands, in the areas of Chueca and Fuencarral – alternative brands of young designers, in the area of Serrano-exclusive clothing of famous fashion houses. And just a half – hour drive from the city center is one of the largest European outlets-Las Rozas Shopping Village.
As Souvenirs from Madrid, you can bring Spanish fans and shawls, flamenco accessories, football attributes, leather goods, porcelain, cosmetics and, finally, fine local wines, jamon and olive oil.
HOW TO GET
Madrid-Barajas international airport is located 12 km northeast of the Spanish capital. You can get to the city center by metro, commuter train, bus, taxi or by car, which can be rented directly at the airport terminals, at the counter of one of the car rental services.